“Dreams have no age limit!”

Woman's World - - Wise Words - By Deb­o­rah Evans Price

After be­com­ing a vi­ral sen­sa­tion when her son, Dirty Jobs host Mike Rowe, read an email she’d writ­ten on his video blog that reached mil­lions of view­ers, 80-yearold Peggy Rowe found her­self on the ad­ven­ture of a life­time. Here, she shares her tips for find­ing joy, pas­sion and start­ing anew— at any age!

Tele­vi­sion show host Mike Rowe is known around the world for brav­ing un­be­liev­able con­di­tions on his hit Dis­cov­ery Chan­nel series, Dirty Jobs. But two years ago, he found him­self in the stick­i­est sit­u­a­tion of all: on the re­ceiv­ing end of a sassy email from his mother, Peggy Rowe. In fits of laugh­ter, Mike took to his video blog and read Peggy’s email, which hi­lar­i­ously scolded him for not re­turn­ing her calls, while re­count­ing her hunt through a Wal­mart park­ing lot for a purse she’d dubbed “Old Blue.” Fans in­stantly fell in love with Mike’s warm, out­spo­ken mother, and the video shot to 80 mil­lion views, land­ing Peggy firmly in the spot­light. Since that time, the feisty oc­to­ge­nar­ian has been adored by mil­lions of fans, gar­ner­ing more than 85,000 fol­low­ers on Face­book, where she shares funny tales of ev­ery­day life. But mak­ing peo­ple laugh isn’t her only goal: Peggy also hopes to up­lift oth­ers by speak­ing hon­estly about her big­gest strug­gles. “When I was di­ag­nosed with breast cancer years ago, I suf­fered from some de­pres­sion,” she shares with Woman’s World. Face­book, “After women’s I told my com­ments story on were so poignant and mov­ing. I re­al­ized that by stay­ing pos­i­tive, we lift each other up and give each other hope!” Now Peggy is work­ing to spread more pos­i­tiv­ity after ful­fill­ing her life­long dream of writ­ing a book—and Mike couldn’t be prouder. “At 80, my mom took a deep breath and said, ‘I’m go­ing to write a book.’ And she did!” he says. “It’s never too late to chase your dreams.” Here, Peggy shares how she found joy in em­brac­ing life’s un­ex­pected new ad­ven­tures!

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